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Feb 062018
 

A selection of more than one thousand albums/recordings I consider essential, from 1923 to the present. Click the decade link to view the whole decade in one page or click the single year.

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The lists:

Notes about the lists:

  • This is a work in progress.
  • The lists are focused on rock music, including roots and derivative genres. So they cover other genres as well, even if not extensively, in those cases where the content is considered influential for rock music.
  • The first section (Early blues, jazz, folk and rock ‘n’ roll) includes mostly compilations. The other lists include albums only, although there are few exceptions.
  • They include 10 main albums per year (at least starting from 1964) plus a variable number of notable albums listed after (I’m more “generous” in the last decade). The release date is reported between the parenthesis and the albums are sorted by that date, unless specification indicates otherwise.
  • Straight blues is covered more extensively here: Blues recordings selection.
  • The following acronyms are used to identify some minority genres or nationalities:

Album covers selected from the lists above, one for each year:

 

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (February 3)
  2. Austere – To Lay Like Old Ashes (February 27)(BM)
  3. Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (March 3)
  4. Oranssi Pazuzu – Muukalainen Puhuu (April 22)(BM)
  5. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions (May 18)(DRONE)
  6. Natural Snow Buildings – Shadow Kingdom (September)
  7. The Black Heart Procession – Six (October 6)
  8. A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head (October 6)
  9. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic (October 13)
  10. Piano Magic – Ovations (?)

Other albums:

  • Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (April 3)
  • Horrors – Primary Colours (April 21)
  • Japandroids – Post-Nothing (April 28)

 

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Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem (January 24)
  2. Low – The Great Destroyer (January 25)
  3. The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (March 1)
  4. Drudkh – The Swan Road (March 14)(BM)
  5. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy (April 5)
  6. Piano Magic – Disaffected (April 18)
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (July 4)
  8. Sigur Rós – Takk… (September 12)
  9. Marissa Nadler – The Saga Of Mayflower May (?)
  10. Dirty Three – Live! At Meredith (?)

Others:

  • Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (February 8)
  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Darkness At Noon (April 5)
  • The Drones – Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By (April 18)
  • Eels – Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (April 26)
  • Sunn O))) – Black One (October 17)(DRONE)

« Best albums of 2004
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Mar 022016
 

Release date order:

  1. Notwist – Neon Golden (January 14)
  2. Sunn O))) – Flight Of The Behemoth (January 22)(DRONE)
  3. Cerberus Shoal – Mr Boy Dog (March 5)
  4. Black Tape for a Blue Girl – The Scavenger Bride (April 23)
  5. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (April 23)
  6. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (August 19)
  7. Aimee Mann – Lost In Space (August 27)
  8. Low – Trust (September 24)
  9. Sigur Rós – ( ) (October 28 )
  10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui UXO (November 4)

Others:

  • 16 Horsepower – Folklore (August 6)(FOLK)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf (August 27)
  • Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (September 24)
  • Steve Roach – Darkest Before Dawn (December 1)(AMBIENT)
  • Calexico – Scraping (?)

« Best albums of 2001
» Best albums of 2003

Feb 192016
 

Release date order:

  1. Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (January 8)
  2. Earth – Earth 2 (February 3)(DRONE)
  3. Built To Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers (May 1)
  4. Slowdive – Souvlaki (May 17)
  5. David Sylvian / Robert Fripp – The First Day (July 5)
  6. Morphine – Cure For Pain (September 14)
  7. Nirvana – In Utero (September 21)
  8. The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (October 5)
  9. Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See (October 5)
  10. Autechre – Incunabula (November 29)(ELECTRONIC)

Others:

  • Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been (February 9)
  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy (February 23)
  • Frank Black –  Frank Black (March 8)
  • Suede – Suede (March 29)
  • Ozric Tentacles – Jurassic Shift (April 19)
  • Red House Painters – Red House Painters [Rollercoaster] (May 24)
  • Mercury Rev – Boces (June 1)
  • The Verve – A Storm in Heaven (June 21)
  • Man or Astro-man? – Is It … Man Or Astroman? (June)
  • Björk – Debut (July 5)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Swervedriver – Mezcal Head (August 5)
  • The Breeders – Last Splash (August 30)
  • Don Caballero – For Respect (October 10)
  • Labradford – Prazision LP (October)
  • Franco Battiato – Caffè de la Paix (?)(ITALIA)
  • Idaho – Year After Year (?)

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